Laughter is Healing

Laughter is healing to the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

 

 

 

Laughter is healing and relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Modern research confirms the old belief that laughter is the best medicine, laughter therapy is used in several American hospitals, and in India people going to work can drop in to so-called laughter clubs for a smiling start to the day. Laughter is good for mind and body. It reduces high blood pressure, neutralizes the effect of stress hormones, boosts the production of the white blood cells that fight infection and stimulates endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Furthermore, a good big belly laugh exercises the solar plexus, which in turn increases the intake of oxygen.

He Stopped Calling, This Might Be Why..

The healing power of laughter is dramatically demonstrated by the late Norman Cousins, famous American journalist and editor. Over the past 25 years this bestseller has appeared in many editions and several languages, spreading the message that mind and laughter are able to heal the body. Cousins needed a near-miraculous healing: after a stressful foreign trip he developed severe pain all over his body, followed by progressive paralysis. In hospital, diagnosed with severe ankylosing spondylitis, all he received were analgesic drugs and an anti-inflammatory, in other words, symptomatic treatment with no hope of a cure.   Topics of interest include Alpha Mind Power, Quiet Mind Yoga, Toning Workout for Women, Excercises to Relieve Stress, Heart Health for Women, and Grounding Meditation.

Supported by his G.P., Cousins decided to try another way. He recalled that during his exhausting trip he had also been exposed to severe atmospheric pollution; the two together added up to body-mind poisoning, so both had to be tackled. Cousins moved from the hospital to a hotel, employed a nurse, and bought a projector and a multitude of rip-roaring comedy films. His instinct proved right. After laughing like mad for ten minutes, he was able to enjoy two hours of pain-free sleep. On waking up he watched another burlesque, or asked his nurse to read to him from the best of American humorous writings, causing further roars of laughter.

Meanwhile, his GP treated him with extra-high doses of Vitamin C. Within days his temperature returned to normal, his terrifyingly fast pulse slowed down; after eight days he was once again able to move his paralyzed thumb. It took him years to recover fully, but during that time he wrote his epoch-making book, which still has a great deal to teach us.

Of course the healing power of humor and laughter works in less dramatic cases, too. Laughter is always a blessing and a remedy. Small children laugh with their entire being. As adults we aren’t quite as spontaneous, yet we have plenty to laugh about, not at, but with, others. The greatest treasure is the laughter that survives into old age, it compensates for the losses inflicted by time, it puts the irksome small problems of everyday life into perspective and protects against the discontented, bitter chewing over of past grievances.

It can even make loneliness easier to bear. If at any age we are able to laugh and contemplate our imperfect and lovely world through the gently distorting lens of humor, we remain in touch with life itself.

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